The Curious Case of Mrs. Lamadrid

A Tale of Thanksgiving in the Big City Before Karen Cebreros and Kimberly Easson, and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance; before Erna Knutsen, and even Alice Foote MacDougall, there were women in coffee. Among them in 19th Century New York was a woman of many parts, and not a little mystery. Her name was Clementine Read More…

A Personal Message on Unification

A Personal Message on Unification

11 SCAA Presidents Vote NO

10 Reasons 10 SCAA Presidents VOTE NO On Consolidation

June 30, 2016 This is Donald Schoenholt, co-founder of SCAA, and founder of Roasters Guild. By now you know that there is an SCAA and Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) consolidation vote scheduled for this coming week. I am writing to you for a group of 10 SCAA Past Presidents. We’d like to talk Read More…

SCAA OWES SMALL ROASTERS BIG TIME

I don’t know if Leonard Nimoy was a coffee lover. Possibly not, but as I have been writing about globalization in recent months Mr. Nimoy, and his alter ego Mr. Spock keep coming to mind. I find myself remembering my youth in a coffee galaxy where the American small roaster community was within a hair’s Read More…

CUI BONO?

In recent weeks there has been an ongoing discussion, which I had something to do with igniting, among Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)  Past Presidents on the subject of the proposed consolidation of SCAA with the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE). I have developed various ideas on the subject as I have monitored the discussion whirling around Read More…

WHEN LIONS ROAR

Ted Lingle, and Paul Katzeff are two SCAA founders who have favored their fellow tradespeople with letters on the subject of merger during recent days. Both have an abiding affection for SCAA, having served as Presidents of the association and both have been honored as Lifetime Achievement laureates by the trade. They each possess very Read More…

OVER THE HILL GANG

The following missive was sent by me to my friends Paul Katzeff, and Dan Cox, two gentlemen of coffee who were present at the birth of Specialty Coffee Association of America, have served multiple terms as the association’s president and have both been  honored as Lifetime Achievement laureates by the trade. An interesting thing about Read More…

ICED COFFEE BOILS OVER

In the time since Tea and Coffee published my article Cold Comfort in May 2011, which told the story of cold coffee beverages, a controversy over Iced coffee has been percolating. Our friends at Oren’s Daily Roast in New York, and George Howell’s in Boston each eschew the opportunity to offer Cold Brew Coffee blends. Read More…

BEANS & BOLONEY

My Dad had a hail, hearty and memorable throaty laugh. I can still hear it, 40 years after his passing, ringing joyfully through my internal coffee world. “Just remember it’s a game,” he would say, over a corned beef sandwich at Katz’s on Houston Street just down the block and across the street from where Read More…

PRESS ON

In France where a coffee-maker is a Cafetiere, it is a Cafetière à Piston. It is called simply Cafetiere, a brand name in the UK, and likewise in high-tone US dining rooms where some still lift their pinky when sipping coffee. The folks call it a Coffee Press, Press Pot, Plunger Pot, and sometimes a Read More…

COFFEEMAN

I have been learning, and writing about coffee for as long as I can remember. I was a boy when William “Jim” Quinn had taken over the reins of Tea and Coffee Trade Journal in 1956. By 1976 he was tired and discouraged with the effects of industry consolidation in the aftermath of World War Read More…